Groups dig deep for Haiti

PUBLISHED: 19:01 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

FUND-RAISERS across North Somerset have been encouraging people to dig deep and raise money for a country devastated by a massive earthquake last week.

FUND-RAISERS across North Somerset have been encouraging people to dig deep and raise money for a country devastated by a massive earthquake last week.

Schools, supermarkets, clubs and churches are among those who have been helping those starving and homeless in Haiti following the destructive natural disaster of January 12.

About 200,000 people are now feared dead in the Caribbean country and thousands more have no food or shelter.

So, kind-hearted residents across North Somerset have been busy fund-raising to try and make a difference to those whose lives have been shattered by the terrifying earthquake.

Weston and Worle Lions clubs are donating £1,600 between them, while Weston supermarket Asda raised £1,000 in just three days this week.

Yatton and District rotary club collected £3,020 for the appeal at the village ruby club and Bristol International Airport, while the West Woodspring, Wrington Vale and Weston rotary clubs are involved in supplying shelter and water purifying aids to Haiti.

Weston Rotary Club president Bernard Land has already handed over £600 from the group to the appeal.

He said: "The situation in Haiti is horrendous and nobody can fail to be moved by the scenes of distress, confusion and utter hopelessness.

"The appeal is crucial to keep aid moving into the country and save more lives.

"It's not just the earthquake that causes damage to lives, the aftermath can be equally devastating."

Since the earthquake last week, rescue teams have been scouring the worst-hit areas for survivors, but hope for many is now running out.

Jo Underhay, of Worle Lions, said: "We do have two Lions groups out there at the moment and nobody has heard from them.

"At the moment it is just confusion in Haiti, but hopefully we can direct resources to the areas that need it."

Churchill, Locking and Christ Church primary schools have also been busy collecting for the appeal, as has St Augustine's Church in Locking.

A fund-raising event will also take place on Saturday to help the victims of the earthquake.

It is being held at Worle Evangelical Church in The Scaurs, from 10am-3pm.

There will be a bouncy castle, karaoke, face painting and a car wash.

For more details or to donate to the cause call Danny on 07519 099340.

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